Davidson County receives $23 million for historic national opioid settlement

Mayor Cooper speaking at the Nashville Downtown Partnership. Cooper applauds Metro’s leadership role in the settlement and commits the funds to programs that save lives.

Metro Nashville is set to receive $23 million in opioid settlement funds over the next 18 years. The first payment may arrive as early as May 2022. Total payments to Davidson County represent nearly 9% of the $242 million in funds intended for all counties in Tennessee, which is only a portion of the $613 million that the State of Tennessee receives.

After years of litigation and negotiations, Mayor John Cooper hailed the settlement and praised Metro’s leadership role.

“Through it all, we were blessed to have a prominent role at the table,” Cooper said. “We earned these funds at no cost to the county taxpayer. My administration and Metro services are committed to using these funds to help save lives. »

Legal fees are covered by the Legal Fees Fund of the Settlement Agreement. Metro’s lawyer participated in the plaintiff’s executive committee.

“Mayor Cooper and his administration were key players in negotiating this historic settlement that will positively affect our community for generations,” said Mark Chalos, partner at Leiff Cabraser. Leiff Cabraser and Manson, Johnson and Conner served as Metro Nashville co-advisers.

“Fatal and non-fatal overdoses are consistently on the rise over the past three years here in Nashville,” said Dr. Calvin Smith, MD, physician at Meharry Medical College; vice president of the Metro Board of Health. “This speaks to the availability of prescription opioids and the easy access to illicit opioids, such as fentanyl.”

Initially, funds will focus on life-saving practices, such as improving early diagnosis and detection, supporting treatment linkage, and promoting retention throughout the recovery process. recovery.

In February, the executive committee of the National Prescription Opiate Litigation Plaintiffs confirmed the participation of more than 90% of local governments in national litigation in the $26 billion global opioid settlements finalized with the “big three.” drug distributors (AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson) and opioids. manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.

Metro led the Tennessee allotment negotiation team, including the development and implementation of a legislative strategy that significantly improved benefits for local government defendants, also known as subdivisions in the regulations. Metro’s attorney sits on the National Litigation Plaintiffs Negotiating Committee that played a key role in negotiating the Big 3/J&J settlements.

According to the Master Settlement Agreement, there are nine basic strategies that guide the use of funds.

More information on uses and these regulations can be found on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee Bargaining Team website. .

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